Change can be difficult, endings can be sad, and saying goodbye can tug at your heart. But when it comes to wrapping up the summer season, all it takes is a fabulous send off bash to help ease the pain. With some well planned decorating and delicious summer party food ideas you can bid farewell to warm, relaxing outdoor fun in style.
Yes, it's tough to imagine life without flip-flops, fresh fruits, the sun, and the sand but there is no stopping mother nature. As the first official day of Autumn arrives on September22nd this year, why not celebrate the change of seasons this weekend by loading up one last time on all the summer you can dream of.
While you may already be able to feel cooler temperatures beginning to ease back, you can still evoke summer feelings with a great setting for your party food ideas. Set tables decorated with a touch of July by using lots of bright flowers, decorative fruits, and summer items like sunglasses, bottles of sand, and photos of beaches near and far. The brighter and more festive the tables, the more summery it will feel.
Here is where you need to really go all out with your party food ideas. Be sure to serve lots of summer staples. Keep it light, fresh, and colorful.
Fruit: watermelon, pineapple, peaches, and strawberries in salads or on skewers.
Summer vegetables: Sweet corn on the cob recipes, fresh green beans, fresh tomatoes, and sweet peas (toss peas into cooked orzo with some feta cheese and fresh mint!)
Grilled Goodies: You can go the burger route, or choose to do kabobs, a meaty fish, or even ribs.
Although some leaves are changing and people are already turning thoughts to fall, create an ambiance of summer with a little beach music. Whether it's Reggae, Jimmy Buffet, or good old-fashioned Beach Boys – blast a little little summer beat to keep people in the mood while they're enjoying your party food ideas and decorations.
This all depends on the crowd. You can go with minor involvement, like wearing beach or luau clothes, to a ceremonial tossing of summer items like sunscreen, flip-flops (you can get really cheap ones this time of year) to donning sweaters or light jackets as the sun goes down. You could even ask guests to write poems or make 'favorites' lists about summer to share.
Near the end of the evening, welcome in Autumn with a traditionally fall dessert like pumpkin pie or cranberry-pecan streusel muffins. You may even want to light a bonfire and officially end the summer season.
But don't mourn the end of summer for too long, it will be back next year. Meanwhile, you can start researching those Fall and Winter party food ideas and throw another event to help you get over the loss of summer fun!